The Kentucky National Guard’s Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy will hold its fourth graduation ceremony at Harlan County High School beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini will address the families and friends of the 100 cadets, all of whom took part in a 22-week course in extensive academic studies and physical training, as well as community projects in preparation for life’s challenges. Several graduates earned credits toward their high school diplomas and GED, while others have opportunities to finish their high school education.
This is the highest number of cadets to graduate from the academy to date.
Graduating cadets come from the following counties and communities: Anderson, Bell, Boone, Boyd, Boyle, Carter, Campbell, Clark, Estill, Floyd, Greene, Greenup, Hardin, Harlan, Hopkins, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Loudon, Madison, Martin, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Scott, Washington, Whitley and Woodford.
Among their accomplishments this cycle, the cadets created an anti-bullying video to raise awareness of this nationally recognized problem. Shot on location at the Harlan academy facility, the three minute production features Youth Challenge cadets demonstrating a series of bullying scenarios with the message to “Stand up for others. Stand against bullying.”